A short break between trips down the M5/M50/A40 back in the flatlands, as I bring you a beer and food matching report from Cambridge.
The Southworth clan have just invaded Cambridge, so I was treating this as reconnaissance. And I like to visit all the local GBG entries each year.
So could the Kingston be as good as BRAPA remembered ?
Well I’ll say this. It was full of drinkers on Thursday lunchtime, or at least those weird IT freelancers that conduct their business from the bar.
It’s one of Cambridge’s best regarded boozers, and easy to forget just how tiny it is.
I like the fact they stick to the knitting here. Well regarded family brewer stuff like Brewers Gold, Summer Lightning and Wherry.
And lunches for a fiver.
I picked the homemade cottage pie.
“Don’t do that any more mate”
“Yes they do, they’re keeping it for themselves” said my new best mate.
“Ask about the parsley sauce“. I didn’t.
It took ages to come. I’d finished a cool Brewers Gold (NBSS 3.5) and was on to the Wherry before the pie arrived.
A vegetarian cottage pie.
That minor quibble aside, it was a superb homemade lunch.
A soundtrack of “How Soon Is Now“, banter about tape collections of “Around the Horne“. Very middle-class Cambridge, comfortingly so.
The Wherry was the usual dull nothingness, or is it me ?
I resisted the Summer Lightning. Some didn’t.
The 3 pint lunch lives.
The banter turned to Sir Cliff. It was time to go. If this was in Lincolnshire, it would be a classic. In Cambridge, its just another good pub.